After much deliberation I have come to the conclusion that I must cancel the Conodoguinet paddle scheduled for Saturday, 10 September. The annual CCGH club picnic will be held as planned at Willow Mill Park starting at 12:00.
I have been watching the water level on the Conodoguinet for the last week. The creek is flowing below 1 ft on the Hogestown gage. At this level much of the planned trip would turn into a hike and boat drag. A couple weeks ago I paddled a section of the Conodoguinet below Willow Mill Park. This trip was very tedious and difficult because of the low water, and the water is lower now. We can paddle the creek another time when it will be more enjoyable.
Even though the paddle is canceled we can still have the picnic as planned. The picnic is at Willow Mill Park, Mechanicsburg / Silver Spring Township. We will start as planned at 12:00. The club will provide burgers and hot dogs, drinks, and the needed picnic dinner ware. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share. Please let me know via email if you plan to attend so I can estimate how much food to purchase.
We will still have the Anything Floats competition so bring something that floats (besides a real boat). There will be an award for the first craft to complete the (short) course, the crowd favorite craft, and the best crash and burn. We don’t want to discourage anybody from participating so bring whatever you got or make. Dress it up, make it look fun and float it. Prize awards will be weighted to craft that are built from something else. For example using pool floats or an inner tube to complete the course will be fun but if a craft is made by putting a deck on top of inner tubes or weaving pool floats into a boat, award preference will go to the constructed craft. In addition to the Anything Float race I will bring a couple kayaks and we can try some Kayak Can Jam. It’s easy, fun and can be played by anyone who can throw a Frisbee.
Hope to see you at the picnic, let me know if you are coming, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . See you Saturday,